Scrolling Through Sanity: Navigating Media’s Influence on Mental Well-being

Sascha H. Funk
4 min readJun 28


Welcome, fellow adventurers of the digital realm! Today, we embark on a journey to unravel the mysterious connection between media and our precious mental well-being. Get ready to navigate the treacherous landscape of social media, where likes, comments, and filters reign supreme. But fear not, for we shall equip ourselves with humor, knowledge, and a touch of sarcasm to survive the onslaught of digital influence on our fragile sanity.

The Illusion of Perfect Lives

Ah, social media — the land of picturesque vacations, flawless selfies, and gourmet avocado toast. As we scroll through endless feeds of perfectly curated lives, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparison. We witness friends showcasing their fabulous adventures, while we sit in our pajamas, contemplating if we should put on real pants. But here’s a secret: behind those pristine filters lie piles of dirty laundry, burnt toast disasters, and epic vacation fails. So, let’s take a moment to laugh at the absurdity of it all and remind ourselves that nobody’s life is as flawless as their Instagram feed. Embrace the imperfections, the messy hair, the unfiltered moments, for that is where the true beauty of life resides. Remember, authenticity is the antidote to the illusory world of perfect lives.

The FOMO Dilemma

Hello darkness my old friend! FOMO, the fear of missing out — the bane of our digital existence. While our friends seem to be living their best lives, attending glamorous parties and sampling mouthwatering cuisine, we’re stuck at home with a bag of chips and reruns of our favorite show. But let’s reframe our perspective and embrace the joy of missing out (JOMO). It’s a time to revel in our own cozy company, guiltlessly indulging in a pajama-clad Netflix marathon. Remember, missing out on a social event doesn’t make you a failure — it makes you a master of self-care and leisure. Take pleasure in the simple joys, the solitude, and the freedom of being fully present in your own company. JOMO is a superpower that allows us to prioritize our well-being and embrace the joy of missing out on things that don’t truly align with our values and bring us genuine happiness.

Digital Addiction: Breaking the Chains

Picture this: you wake up, reach for your phone, and before you know it, you’ve lost track of time as you mindlessly scroll through an endless stream of memes, cat videos, and celebrity gossip. Congratulations, you’ve fallen into the clutches of digital addiction! But fear not, my friend, for there is hope. Take regular breaks from your digital devices, engage in real-world connections, and rediscover the joys of analog pleasures. Release yourself from the shackles of digital captivity and embrace a life filled with tangible experiences and authentic connections. Remember, the digital world is just a fraction of the vast tapestry of life. Unplug, step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and remind yourself of the wonders that await beyond the confines of the screen. By reclaiming control over our digital habits, we free ourselves from the addictive hold of endless scrolling and open the doors to a more balanced and fulfilling existence.

Mindful Media Consumption: The Superpower We All Need

Amidst the chaos of media’s influence, there lies a beacon of hope — mindful media consumption. It’s the power to filter through the noise, recognize the illusions, and consciously engage with content that uplifts, educates, and inspires. Let’s arm ourselves with thetools of critical thinking, media literacy, and a healthy dose of skepticism. As we navigate the digital landscape, let’s question the narratives, challenge the status quo, and seek out diverse perspectives. By embracing mindful media consumption, we become the masters of our digital destiny, shaping our experiences and preserving our mental well-being. Let’s curate our feeds with intention, following accounts that inspire us, educate us, and spark joy. Let’s prioritize quality over quantity, seeking out meaningful connections and valuable content that enrich our lives.

In this journey of scrolling through sanity, let’s remember that we are more than our online personas. Our worth extends far beyond the number of likes, followers, or comments we receive. We are complex beings with real emotions, aspirations, and imperfections. So, let’s embrace vulnerability, celebrate our unique qualities, and connect with others authentically.

As we conclude this wild and humorous expedition through the realm of media’s influence on mental well-being, remember that we hold the power to navigate this digital landscape with intention and resilience. Embrace the humor in the absurdity of social media, defy the clutches of digital addiction, and become the guardians of your own sanity.

So, my fellow digital warriors, let’s embark on this mindful media journey together. Share your funniest social media mishaps, tips for staying sane in the digital realm, or any lessons you’ve learned along the way. Together, let’s reclaim our mental well-being and create a digital world that uplifts and inspires.

If you found this blog post insightful and entertaining, you’ll hopefully enjoy my podcast, “Mindful Media and Communications.” Tune in to all the episodes as we dive deeper into the captivating world of media’s influence on our lives. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform and join me on this enlightening journey.

Remember, you have the power to shape your digital experiences and prioritize your mental well-being. Let’s navigate the digital landscape with intention, resilience, and a healthy dose of humor.



Sascha H. Funk

Head of Media Studies | BKK | New Media & ED #Volleyball, #MuayThai. — hosting @FunkItPod | it’s not rain, it’s liquid sunshine